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10 Pro Tips for Managing Third Party Script Performance

A typical web page today can contain upwards of 75 third-party scripts, such as ads and analytics beacons. If you care about web performance, these scripts can be the bane of your existence. But third parties aren’t going away. They add value to site owners by generating revenue (ads), increasing...

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Case Study: Mobile Web Performance Monitoring and Conversion Rate

In the past, gathering data about mobile performance and business metrics has been an iffy proposition. The proportion of mobile traffic that converts to paying customers hasn’t always been significant enough to provide the basis for a meaningful study into the impact of website performance on m-commerce. Sure, you could always make...

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Solving Performance Issues in Single Page Apps

Single-page applications are all the rage these days. Various new JavaScript frameworks (Angular JS, Ember.js, Backbone.js, React) make it very easy to write complex applications in JavaScript, with most of the MVC pattern running in the browser. This, of course, comes with its own challenges. Back in May, my...

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Why Performance Testing in Production is a Necessity

Have you ever heard someone say “Geez, it looks like I missed all the fun”? Well, that’s how I feel. Although I must admit, after spending close to two weeks in Aruba on vacation, I did have some fun of my own. (Note: Details on that will have to...

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Checklist for Mobile Application Testing: The Top 5 Test Conditions

Every day, new mobile applications are rolled out by an increasing number of businesses and organizations. In order for these apps to be successful in the marketplace, they must be tested to ensure that they offer the best possible experience for end users. Here are some of the top considerations...

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Page bloat: The average web page size is more than 2MB

I’ve been tracking the typical web page weight and composition of the top million websites (thanks to the HTTP Archive) since 2011. Back in 2012, it was huge news when the average page exceeded 1 MB. At the time, people were incredulous…and even outraged. And they almost immediately began to speculate about...

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How to provide real user monitoring for single-page applications

Apps built with AngularJS provide an interesting challenge for real user monitoring (RUM) solutions. Here’s how we overcame those challenges at SOASTA. AngularJS is a modern web development framework that is fast becoming one of today’s most popular tools for web developers. Sites built with frameworks like AngularJS live in the category of “single-page applications” (SPAs)....

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Performance Monitoring 101: A beginner’s guide to synthetic and real user monitoring

I love to bake. Baking is a precise science, so I learned early on that I needed different measurement tools if I wanted to avoid demoralizing kitchen fails: see-through Pyrex cups for measuring liquids, or melting butter in the microwave, measuring scoops in a variety of sizes for dry ingredients,...

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Improving Single Page Application Monitoring with Boomerang

We’ve learned a lot from our customers and how they are building their single page apps (SPAs). Many of our monitoring improvements are being driven by the variety of websites that our customers are building, using everything from do-it-yourself templating engines to full-blown frameworks such as Angular, Backbone.js, Ember.js, or React. There are two...

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